LIGHTING IN YOUR HOME
THE RIGHT lighting can make your home
shine. The wrong lighting can have a
number of unfavorable effects: poor
sleep, how you feel about yourself, the
way you see colors in your clothing and
décor, your general mood and even the
safety of your home. Here’s how to create a sparkling, beautiful, light-filled
Include lamps and accent lighting
in addition to the ceiling fixtures.
Overhead lighting isn’t flattering to anyone, and if there is only one fixture in
the center, a room actually seems darker
because you are always looking into
your own shadow.
Before you begin updating your
home’s lighting, start by taking an
inventory. Do you need lamps in your
living room, bedroom or office? Do you
have nightlights in hallways and bathrooms? Do you have artwork, plants or
accessories that need highlighting?
Use dimmer switches wherever
you can. Controlling the lighting level is
key to setting the right mood, especially
in dining rooms and bedrooms. Double-check that your bulb works with a dimmer and doesn’t hum or make noise.
Experiment with different bulbs.
Buy one or two of several different types
of lightbulbs. Find the ones that you like
best and that make you feel good.
• Daylight bulbs have bright blue-white light. They will make your whites
look amazing, but tend to feel harsh.
• Soft white bulbs and many incandescent bulbs have warmer tones and
won’t make your fabrics look yellow.
• Warm white bulbs are great for fall
or for décor with dark tones, but don’t
work well for light-colored décor as they
can turn everything yellow.
Welcome yourself home. A shining
lamp on a timer, or a light in your entry
or living room, helps your home look
occupied. And it’s more inviting to come
home to than a dark house.—JA
have space, a floor lamp or a tall tree on the
opposite side of the sofa balances the
arrangement. A sofa table behind a floating sofa adds a place for lamps and objects
you love. It also softens the back of the sofa
Layering in lightweight seating such as
stools, floor pillows or a bench that can be
easily moved around adds a lot of flexibility. An armless sectional functions like a
bench and allows somebody to sit facing
the main part of the sofa or in a different
direction. Sofas with sturdy, boxy arms
also work this way; somebody can perch on
the arms or even on the back. Consider
using lightweight ottomans as a coffee
table if you have kids, so you can easily create a big open space in the center for play.
Typically, great rooms are casual and
inviting, but it all goes back to how you
want to use the room and the vibe you want
to create. Personally, I love to kick back
and curl up with my dogs or my husband
anywhere in our great room, and I prefer to
have nothing so precious that we can’t
actually use it. Your great room should be
all about how you want to live. It should
give you that love-coming-home feeling
every time you walk into the room. C
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reach, wherever they’re sitting. Look for
small, portable accent tables that can
accommodate a laptop, a glass of wine or
a cup of coffee. The coffee table anchors
the room, and whether it’s one big table or
a clustered group of small tables for added
interest, the coffee table should always be
placed close to and centered on the sofa. A
coffee table you can sit on is great for
quick conversations, but nobody wants to
be in the middle of the seating group for
Place an end table at each side of the
sofa and between pairs of chairs or on one
side of an individual chair. Round tables
take up less space than square ones. If you
Great rooms should be open, have a
central focus and be anchored by a
coffee table or smaller tables.
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